Swords are generally seen in terms of conflict and tend to cause apprehension. Relating to the element of air, they represent the mind, intellect, attitudes, the way we think and therefore, how we communicate. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword – and that can be said of the tongue and the mind too. Our thoughts, words and deeds are powerful.
A major life lesson is to learn through experience that our thoughts and attitudes can and do determine the quality of our life. More importantly, we need to learn that we have the power to change them. Our ‘swords’ can be weapons of mass destruction or agents of healing and creativity, depending on how they are used.
Recently I’ve connected the cards in the suit of Swords to how we lose energy. Swords, whether real or metaphorical, cut and injure. Remember the old saying ‘sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me?’ It isn’t true! If someone stabs us and we are not protected, we will bleed. Blood is our life force and whether we are wounded physically or psychically, cuts allow life energy to leak from us.
People will continue suffering the results of their wounds, whether inflicted physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually, until they learn how to heal the wound, stop the bleeding and conserve and regenerate their strength. Psychic wounds take longer to heal than physical injuries, primarily because they are unseen. We may not even be aware of their existence – yet they continue to damage us until they are recognised.